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1 (To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.) The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;

2 Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;

3 Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.

4 Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.

5 We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.

6 Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.

7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

8 They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.

9 Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.

Commentary for Psalms 20

This psalm is a prayer for the kings of Israel, but with relation to Christ.

- Even the greatest of men may be much in trouble. Neither the crown on the king's head, nor the grace in his heart, would make him free from trouble. Even the greatest of men must be much in prayer. Let none expect benefit by the prayers of the church, or their friends, who are capable of praying for themselves, yet neglect it. Pray that God would protect his person, and preserve his life. That God would enable him to go on in his undertakings for the public good. We may know that God accepts our spiritual sacrifices, if by his Spirit he kindles in our souls a holy fire of piety and love to God. Also, that the Lord would crown his enterprises with success. Our first step to victory in spiritual warfare is to trust only in the mercy and grace of God; all who trust in themselves will soon be cast down. Believers triumph in God, and his revelation of himself to them, by which they distinguish themselves from those that live without God in the world. Those who make God and his name their praise, may make God and his name their trust. This was the case when the pride and power of Jewish unbelief, and pagan idolatry, fell before the sermons and lives of the humble believers in Jesus. This is the case in every conflict with our spiritual enemies, when we engage them in the name, the spirit, and the power of Christ; and this will be the case at the last day, when the world, with the prince of it, shall be brought down and fall; but believers, risen-from the dead, through the resurrection of the Lord, shall stand, and sing his praises in heaven. In Christ's salvation let us rejoice; and set up our banners in the name of the Lord our God, assured that by the saving strength of his right hand we shall be conquerors over every enemy.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 20

  • Bettie c. Jefferdon
    I love psalm 20. God is my refuge and my strength. He is a very present help in a time of trouble. No matter what you are dealing with. Just to know that God sees all, knows all and is involved in all that you do is such an awesome feeling. Learning to lean on God is all we need.
  • BSP
    Verse 7: Some trust in material things but these things are perishable. It is the wise course to trust in Almighty God.
  • Mild Bill
    Thee,thy,thine,we,our and us,all believers, are together, encouraged by God's saving strength to fulfill,hear,help,save and strengthen us all.Today,and into eternity, our remembrance of his goodness and love to us,is praise unto his glory. We are in the company of David, risen and standing unto our God.
  • Rebotile
    God will always protect me in time of distress,will always steenghen me when I'm weak will listen to me when ever I call HIM.I will always praise him.
  • Abby
    I trust in the name of the Lord and will always rise when other are falling!
  • Ngozi
    May God defend me in this time of trouble in Jesus name Amen.
  • Jade
    My Jesus I love him through him I am alive today after all been passing through I know he's with me all the way long and I love him .just as he chosen David who wrote such great psalm he been with him in spite of faults he loved him he grant him victory over many Cause David truly love God that's when he wrote psalm 51 to cleanse Jesus protect us in your kind ways always Amen

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In Psalm 20, David says some trust in horses and some in ___?
  • Swords
  • Chariots
  • Bulls
  • Man